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Erykah Badu is one talented woman. But aside from making incredible music, you might not’ve known that the star is a doula. Yes, a doula.

During a panel discussion at the BET Experience, the “On and On” singer opened up about when and why she became birth companion and post-birth supporter. “I started becoming a doula, or started thinking about it after I had my three children natural, in my bed. It catered to me and my needs and who I was and what I wanted.”

Badu then revealed that she helped the wife of Dead Prez’s,, give birth to their son. “I assisted a friend of mine, Afya, she is one of my really good friends. She was having her first son, after I had my baby. And I flew to Atlanta to just be with her. Her labor was 52 hours. No anestesia. We bounced on the ball. We walked. We got in the water. We did all these things.”

Badu will be hitting the stage this week at Essence Festival in New Orleans.

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves



To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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